Judge Tatel was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in October 1994.
Judge Tatel earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Chicago.
Among other things, Judge Tatel has served as Director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare during the Carter Administration. Returning to private practice in 1979, Judge Tatel joined Hogan & Hartson, where he founded and headed the firm’s education practice until his appointment by President Clinton to the D.C. Circuit.
While on sabbatical from Hogan & Hartson, he spent a year as a lecturer at Stanford Law School. Judge Tatel co-chairs the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology and Law, and serves on the Board of the Federal Judicial Center and on the Judicial Advisory Board of the American Society of International Law. Judge Tatel is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.